I know there’s a touch of the tongue in cheek in this exchange about Malcolm Mitchell between Bobo and Grantham…
“We lost three linemen,” Bobo said. “Still trying to find those five to seven linemen that are going to play and help us. We lose our top two tight ends. We lose our top fullback. One of our running backs is now gone and (defensive coordinator Todd) Grantham’s trying to steal one of our receivers.”
Grantham can understand if Bobo is upset.
“He should be,” Grantham said. “I would be upset if I was him, too.”
… but underneath it all, I wonder if both coaches aren’t doing some real turf staking at the same time. What happens if Mitchell emerges as a shut down corner in the Missouri game and the offense does struggle to move the ball in Mitchell’s absence? Do things change once all the suspended players in the secondary return? And what if Mitchell simply isn’t durable enough to put in the 80-100 snaps a game that would leave both coordinators happy?
I don’t think any of those possibilities are unreasonable. Which means Richt may very well have some tricky waters to navigate before the South Carolina game.